Local Homeless Shelter for Women and Children to Receive Outdoor Improvements


Image courtesy of Long Beach Rescue Mission.

The Lydia House and its outdoor living space at the Long Beach Rescue Mission will receive significant renovations thanks to a partnership with the Long Beach Community Foundation (LBCF). The foundation is looking for volunteers and in-kind contributions to support their efforts, to take place on Saturday, October 21.

Just ahead of National Philanthropy Day on November 15, the outdoor facelift is LBCF’s annual project dedicated to investing in the Long Beach community. More than 30 volunteers will assist with upgrades to the space, including outdoor dining amenities, meditation and group gathering spaces, much needed shade, decomposed granite pathways, a water feature and low maintenance landscape improvements, according to the release.

The renovations will serve the women and children at Lydia House, a 50-bed shelter providing housing and services for women facing abuse, addiction, financial hardship and abandonment. Lydia House occupants receive food, clothing, shelter and spiritual guidance in an effort to help them overcome homelessness.

“Our residents achieve a renewed sense of hope for their lives while staying at the Lydia House,” Long Beach Rescue Mission Executive Director Robert Probst said in a statement. “The fact that the Long Beach Community Foundation is investing their 2017 National Philanthropy Day resources to improve the outdoor living space for these women speaks volumes about their worth and value in our society.”

National Philanthropy Day is a nationwide initiative honoring charitable work across the country. Every year, LBCF chooses a local nonprofit organization to support with some type of renovation in an effort to “roll up its sleeves” and make a direct and positive impact. Nonprofits who have benefited from LBCF’s work in the past include Young Horizons, Boys and Girls Clubs of Long Beach and Precious Lamb Preschool.

“This is a great opportunity for philanthropists, LBCF stakeholders, nonprofits and community members to come together and invest a few hours to make a meaningful impact in Long Beach,” LBCF Board Chair Gary DeLong said in a statement. “The one-day transformations at these locations are amazing.”

Rebuilding Together Long Beach (RTLB) will provide project management and contractor oversight for the project at Lydia House. Its mission is to rebuild—at no cost to the recipient(s)— owner-occupied homes and non-profit facilities for low-income residents, especially the elderly or those with disabilities, so they can live safely and independently.

“We are dedicated to the Long Beach community and effecting positive change. That’s our organizational mission,” LBCF President & CEO Marcelle Epley said in a statement. “National Philanthropy Day is a wonderful opportunity to put this into practice.”

Those interested in volunteering or contributing can learn more via the website here.  

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.